Loretta Lux (German, b.1969) is a photographer known for her portraits of young children, digitally altered to resemble the aristocratic stiffness and formality of Old Master paintings. Born in Dresden, Germany, Lux studied painting at the Academy of Visual Arts in Munich, and began working with photography in 1999. Influenced by painters such as Francisco de Goya and Agnolo Bronzino, Lux dresses her subjects in vintage clothing and digitally adds props and backgrounds. Portraits such as Dorothea (2001), an expressionless girl with pale skin and blue eyes that match the sky in the background, and Marianne (2004), a redhead looking uncomfortable wearing a stiff coat, echo Diego Velázquez's Infanta Margarita (1653). While Lux’s rigorous and unsentimental approach follows German documentary photographers such as Bernd and Hilla Becher and Thomas Struth, she also draws from commercial advertising to bring her work closer to kitsch. Her carefully constructed portraits, stylized and surreal, become metaphors for childhood innocence rather than reflections of her sitters’ psychology. Lux’s work is included in many museum collections, including the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, CA, the National Museum of Art in Osaka, Japan, and the Musée de l'Elysée in Lausanne, Switzerland. In 2005, she was the recipient of the Infinity Award for Art from the International Center of Photography. She is represented by the Yossi Milo Gallery in New York.


Born in Dresden, Germany
Studied painting at Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Munich under Professor Gerd Winner
Bayerischer Kunstförderpreis
Infinity Award for Art, International Centre of Photography, New York, USA


What’s In a Face? Aspects of Portrait Photography, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
New Yorker Fiction/Real Photography, Steven Kasher Gallery, New York, USA
From Our Collection: Portraits, Glenbow Museum, Alberta, Canada
Von Engeln & Bengeln, Kunsthalle Krems, Krems an der Donau, Austria
Identity: Photographs in the Grażyna Kulczyk Collection, Art Stations Foundation, Poznań, Poland
Mannerism and Modernism: The Kasper Collection of Drawings and Photographs, Morgan Library and Museum, New York, USA
The Art of Caring: A Look at Life through Photography, Art Museum/Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale; Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, USA
Danica Dakic, Loretta Lux, Anu Pennanen, Vantaa Art Museum, Vantaa, Finland
Present Tense: An Imagined Grammar of Portraiture in the Digital Age, National Portrait Gallery, Parkes, Australia
The Art of Caring: A Look at Life through Photography, Cincinnati Museum Center, Cincinnati, USA
Streams of the New: Masterpieces from the National Museum of Art, Osaka, Miyagi Museum of Art, Sendai, Japan
Loretta Lux: Photographs, Galleria Carla Sozzani, Milan, Italy (solo)
Chelsea Visits Havana, 10th Biennial of Havana, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana, Cuba
The Art of Caring: A Look at Life through Photography, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, USA
Alternate Reality, Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, Lawrence, USA
Creating Identity: Portraits Today, 21C Museum, Louisville, USA
Loretta Lux, Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Sweden (solo)
National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan
The Linked Ring, Joseloff Gallery, University of Hartford, West Hartford, USA
TEN, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, USA
Loretta Lux, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico (solo)
Contemporary, Cool and Collected, Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, USA
June Bride, Yossi Milo Gallery, New York, USA
All the More Real: Portrayals of Intimacy and Empathy, Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, USA
El Rei de la Casa. Adults als Deu, Nens als Quaranta, Palau de la Virreina, Barcelona, Spain
Family Pictures, Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA
Global Feminisms, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, USA
Pretty Baby, Museum of Modern Art, Fort Worth, USA
Loretta Lux, Imaginary Portraits, Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland (solo)
Retrospective, Fotomuseum den Haag, The Hague, The Netherlands; Le Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland
Zwischen Wirklichkeit und Bild, Museum of Contemporary Art, Kagawa, Japan
Loretta Lux, Yossi Milo Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
Loretta Lux, Imaginary Portraits, Sixth Moscow Photobiennale, Central Exhibition Hall, Moscow, Russia (solo)
Infinite Painting: Contemporary Painting and Global Realism, Villa Manin Center for Contemporary Art, Codroipo, Italy
In Sight: Recent Additions to the Permanent Collection, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, USA
Offspring: Representations of Children in Contemporary Visual Culture, Boston University Art Gallery, Boston, USA
Arbeit an der Wirklichkeit, German Contemporary Photography, National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto; Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art, Marugame, Japan
Contiene Glutamato, Galeria OMR, Mexico City, Mexico
Boost in the Shell, De Bond, Brugge, Belgium
the childrens hour, Museum of New Art, Pontiac, USA
Contenance - Fassung Bewahren, Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart, Germany
Family pictures, Contemporary Photography and Video from the Guggenheim Collection, Galleria Gottardo, Lugano, Switzerland
Simulacrum: Portraiture in the New Mllenium, Society for Contemporary Photography, Kansas City, USA
Through The Looking Glass, Lewis Glucksman Gallery, University College, Cork, Ireland
Focus on: New Photography, Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, USA
N Focus: Contemporary Photography from the Allen G. Thomas Jr. Collection, Museum of Art, Raleigh, USA
Inventing Childhood, Auckland Art Gallery, New Zealand
About Face, Hayward Gallery, London, England
Loretta Lux, Yossi Milo Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
Loretta Lux, Torch Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (solo)
Making Faces, Musée de l'Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland
The Picture of Innocence, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, USA
La Collection Ordóñez-Falcón, Le Botanique, Brussels, Belgium
About Face: Photographic Portraits From the Collection, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, USA
Changeling, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney, Australia
By the Sea, Yossi Milo Gallery, New York, USA
Ninos, Centro de Arte de Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain
Loretta Lux - Erfindung des Seins, Stadtmuseum, Münster, Germany (solo)

Public Collections

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
National Museum of Art, Osaka
New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA
Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL
Photo Museum, Munich, Germany
RISD Museum, Providence, RI
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris
Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX
Musée de l'Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Austria
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Akron Art Museum, Akron OH
Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY
Cleveland Art Museum, Cleveland, OH
Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland
Gemeentemuseum Helmond, The Netherlands
Hague Museum of Photography, The Hague, Netherlands
Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH


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